James took a personal interest in the trial and interrogated another woman named Agnes Sampson himself. Agnes confessed she took the Devil “for her maister and reunceit Christ”. It was heard that she and her fellow witches gathered in the churchyard to kiss the Devil’s backside and dug up graves to get finger bones for their spells. In 1597 James published ‘Daemonologie’ a dialogue on the subject in three books which also touched on topics such as werewolves and vampires. From which Michelle Leonard @Genalogy Lass reads the opening lines:
The fearefull aboundinge at this time in this countrie, of these detestable slaves of the Devil, the Witches or enchanters, hath moved me (beloved reader) to dispatch in post, this following treatise of mine (...) to resolve the doubting (...) both that such assaults of Satan are most certainly practised, and that the instrument thereof merits most severely to be punished.